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Jada Pinkett Smith gives $1M in 2Pac's name
Jada Pinkett Smith donated $1 million to the Baltimore School for the Arts, requesting that a new theater be named after 2Pac, who was a classmate of hers at the school. The 35-year-old actress and wife of Will Smith graduated from the high school in 1989. "It means a lot when you're a teacher and your most famous alumnus comes back to give a donation," Donald Hicken, head of the school's theater department since it opened in 1980, told the Assocaited Press. "It really says a lot to the community that the school matters in people's lives." The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation is the official donor and is based in Baltimore. The school, which announced Monday that the donation will be used for renovation and expansion, said it will name its new theater for Pinkett Smith. But she prefers that it be dedicated to 2Pac because they became friends at the school. Pinkett Smith appeared in 2Pac's "Keep Ya Head Up" video. 2Pac died after a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. Will Smith is starring in the new movie "The Pursuit of Happyness" with he and Jada's 8-year-old son, Jaden. The couple previously gave $112,500 to the school.
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